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. topping our agenda, president obama taking his campaign to combat gun violence outside the beltway and on the road for the very first time. this hour, the president en route to minneapolis, where he will talk to law enforcement leaders about his sweeping plan to overhaul the nation's gun laws and minneapolis known as murder-apolis in the 1990s, that violence peaked in '95 when the minneapolis area saw 99 murders. a city-wide crackdown brought gun related deaths down to a 30-year low in 2011. as the president hits the road, the "wall street journal" reporting the senate is poised to take action on gun violence. the paper saying that senate leaders will introduce a gun bill that includes proposals backed by the president with one notable exception. the ban on military style automatic weapons. >> i didn't vote for the assault weapons last time because it didn't make sense, but i'll take a look at it. let's not limit this conversation to only guns. there are other issues, very important. >> any crackdowns congress could continue would likely be met with resistance from the right. the h
in coming to the table. >> they haven't been in the previous four years the obama administration the previous eight years of the bush administration and the previous eight years of clinton administration. i can continue to go back, so i do not think they he are serious about negotiating. it just gives them more time. >> reporter: the general says the u.s. along with other nations should use covert operations to thwart iran's nuclear development. gregg? >> molly henneberg. thanks. >>> the white house says it expects the senate to confirm president obama's nominee for defense secretary. white house press secretary jay carney defending former republican senator chuck hagel saying that he will be an excellent pentagon chief. now, this comes after a fiery confirmation hearing with members of the senate armed services committee. he faced some tough questions including this one from senator james imhoff. >> why do you think the rainan foreign ministry strongly supports your nomination to be the secretary of defense? >> i have a difficult enough time with american politics senator. i hav
wrote to president obama asking for the underlining memos that the administration still has approdeclined to provide to congress. 11 senators signed that. a total of eight democrats and three republicans. democrat ron wyden was leading the charge on a letter. the chairman of the senate judiciary committee patrick leahy was on the letter on the democratic side. on the republican side, a motley crew of senators. you had mike lee of utah, grassley of iowa, susan collins of maine. that sort of indication of where you get concerned about the drone issue on the hill. you see a smattering of liberal democrats concerned in the house and a small handful of libertarian-leaning republicans that have expressed concerns on this issue. host: these underlying memos that the members of congress want, do they have to do with just drone strikes in general, drone strikes that have occurred against other alleged al qaeda operatives? guest: they may not happen to withdraw on strikes in general. they might have to do with drone strikes in specific. one of the issues that came up here is our anwar
in the administration has said that indicates they are going to have a universal registry. >> obama care wasn't a tax until they needed it to be a tax. >> it was the supreme court that said that. >> i don't think you can trust -- >> let's dive in and get straight to the telephone now. rield congressman jamrhode isla james langevin joins me. he has been touched by gun violence in his own life. sir, good to have you with me. as we talk about this with the president really getting back on the road where he does his best work campaign style, taking his message to minnesota, i want to remind everybody this is at the feet of harry reid in the senate right now to move on this, and he appeared this weekend with abc's george stephanopoulos. take a listen to his thoughts. >> how about restrictions on high capacity magazines for ammunition? >> i think that's something we definitely have to take a look at. >> take a look or vote for? >> let's see what it is. >> sir, in your opinion, do you think that right now the best approach is going to be agreement on both sides of the aisle on small steps and that small ste
and president obama. meanwhile, in other political headlines, jesse jackson jr. has been charged with misusing campaign funds. federal prosecutors filed the indictment against jackson friday. practices cuters say jackson diverted about $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use, including a $43,000 gold plated rolex watch and more than $22,000 in michael jackson memorabilia. >>> "the washington post" is reporting that fbi agents had been looking into allegations that new jersey democrat senator bob menendez patronized prostitutes while in the dominican republic. "the post" cites sources familiar with the investigation says new evidence has been found to support the claims so far. >>> and president obama in his weekly address today told the american public that cuts in federal programs will hurt the middle class. >> i disagree with republicans who think we should do that by making even bigger cuts to things like education and job training, or medicare, and social security benefits. that would force our senior citizens and working families to bear the burden of deficit reduction while the wealt
? as a new leader takes over at the state department today, president obama is in minnesota at this hour trying to build pressure on congress to support his gun proposals. will he be able to overcome deep-rooted opposition? joining us for our daily fix, chuck todd, msnbc news chief, political director, and host of "the daily rundown" and "new york times" chief washington correspondent david sang ar. first to you, chuck, on guns. the president in minnesota. the white house making a very big push. the question as to why they had to react to the conspiracy they'rists who questioned his -- the white house comment about his skeet shooting at camp david zoosh well, they've always been what i would call overly reactive to they call it the beast, feeding the beast, and they mean sort of social media, the sort of advocacy media, when it's talk radio, whatever you want to call it, and this was just mother one of those instances where they felt that they saw a couple of articles that they thought were getting traction, and they thought, well, let's put out this photo, but, of course, even as david
and next to mi shoal obama the parents -- michelle obama the parents of hadiya pendleton. >> three weeks ago she was here in washington performing for her country at my inauguration. and a week later, she was shot and killed in a chicago park after school. >> reporter: the president also talked about the tragic shootings in newtown connecticut in it has been-- >> it has been two months since newtown. i know this is not the first time the country debated how to reduce gun violence. but this time is different. >> reporter: it was after these shootings that the president proposed toughening gun laws. >> the proposals deserve a vote. because in the two months since newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun. >> reporter: president obama made an emotional appeal to congress. >> the families of aurora deserve a vote. the families of tucson and blacksburg and the countless other communities deserve a simple vote. >> reporter: i am ed payne reporting. >> today president obama is heading to asheville north carolina to
obama and vice president biden will be speaking to that group from the state dining room. no doubt they will touch on the sequester, which is still scheduled to hit this friday. if those cuts go into effect we can expect hundreds of thousands of furloughs and lay-offs plus clogged air travel and reduced education funding and unemployment benefits. the president is asking both parties to work alongside him to end the budget stalemate and he will tell governors there is work to be done. dr. joe biden and the first lady will speak at today's meeting. a surprise appearance last night at the ausc-arizona. here she is in that dress that she wore to the governors' dinner she was not actually in los angeles, but she did speak live from the diplomatic room to announce the winner for best picture, "argo." mrs. obama's office said as a movie lover she was honored to celebrate the award and the artists who inspire us. two are forming a public advocacy group advertising for action will stay clear of election activity but it will be aimed at making political and legisla
and one heck of a game, all straight ahead. >>> plus, president obama takes his gun control message as mountain michael bloomberg sticks to the nra with a powerful ad. >>> plus, the 5-year-old hostage held hostage in alabama heads into the fifth day. >>> leon panetta talks about life and death decisions and says rumor of a death are just life and death decisions and says rumor of a death are just that. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> very good monday morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. we begin with a developing tragedy in southern california. a bus carrying a tour group from tijuana collided with mountains killing eight and injurings more. authorities say the driver reported brake problems as the bus came down the mountain. it rear ended a car before flipping and hitting a pickup truck that was hauling a trailer. passengers described the scene. >> starts to move so fast, and the people start screaming. >> two or three minutes swerving in and out? >> yeah. >> everybody was scared. everybody was screaming. >> the bus was reportedly returning from a ski outing t
: these pre-k students outside atlanta today got a surprise and very high profile visitor. president obama headed to georgia to launch a push for early childhood education, including nationwide publicly funded kindergarten. >> let's make sure none of our kids start out a step behind. let's make it a national priority to give every child access to a high quality early education. >> reporter: in his state of the union address tuesday, the president held up georgia's pre-k program as a model for the rest of the nation, that parents should have access to the same educational opportunities. >> the size of your paycheck shouldn't determine your child's future. so let's fix this. >> reporter: but the white house didn't put a price tag on how much this with cost to do that. republicans have slammed it as too expensive and an overreach by the federal government. >> we don't need dictates from washington, d.c. intervening and mandating. >> reporter: the obama administration said government investment at that young age pays off significantly down the road. educators like paige agrees. >> regardless o
obama said he will not agree to any deal on the sequester that does not include increased tax revenue along with cuts in spending. but if congress refuses to act it is faced with a shutdown. money to fund the federal government will run out on march 27th. that's less than a month away. the house says it will take up a resolution next week to fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year but that only gets it through september 30th. lawmakers wills attach two additional provisions to that bill giving the pentagon more flexibility on how it implements those sequester cuts. more bill up next. stay with us. billy zane stars in barabbas. coming in march to reelz. to find reelz in your area, go to reelz.com >> announcer: broadcasting across the nation on your radio and on current tv, this is the "bill press show." >> bill: rosa parks has a new seat up-front on the bus. hey, good morning everybody. what do you say? here we go. thursday, february 28th. last day of the shortest month of the year. is this a -- no, that's right. 29th is when you have a leap year. it is a regular ole
lady for the state of the union. the incredible accomplishment that got president obama's attention. >>> i'm alex demetrick. coming up, a final adding up of the misery from super storm sandy. that story as eyewitness news continues. >>> it is cloudy outside. and a mixed mess is headed our way. meteorologist tim williams will update our first warning weather forecast. >>> it is 41 degrees with a mix of sleet and rain in central maryland right now. the complete first warning weather forecast still ahead tonight. a violent explosion reduces a duplex in maine to rubble. fire officials say a woman was killed, after the home went up in flames. four other people who live in neighboring buildings were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. the homes in the neighborhood are heated with propane. but investigators still don't know if that was the cause of the explosion. >>> in today's healthwatch report, imagine having no control overour over -- over your hands. as maurice dubois reports, it's a very real medical condition that makes life difficult fo
had debated how to reduce gun violence. but this time, it's different. >> reporter: president obama talking about the need for gun control reform during his state of the union address tuesday night. in the audience was carolyn price, a maryland mother, whose son john was killed by violence in 1998. >> it brings it all back home. make its fresh again. >> john was accidentally shot by a 9-year-old neighbor who was playing with a loaded gun. in 2009, she helped pass the maryland gun safety act. >> that was groundbreaking for maryland back then. but now what we're trying to do also is to condition with that. >> at the state of the union, she sat with families whose lives were also torn by gun violence. including gabby give on the other hands. >> it was very excite being. something i'll never forget. >> during the speech, he called to get ammunition off the streets. >> each of these vote -- people deserve a vote in congress. >> hardest thing i had ever done was lose my child. at the end of the day, i'm just john's john's mom. >> reporter: and price we
president bill clinton. mister clinton is serving as a representative for president obama at the funeral. the israeli consul general and new york mayor michael bloomberg are also set to speak at today's service. new york police department helicopters are expected to fly over the synagogue in honor of koch. the former mayor died friday of congestive heart failure at age 88. president obama says the boy scouts of america should allow gay members. he also said women should be allowed in military combat roles. the president's comments in an interview on c-b-s before the super bowl come ahead of a meeting of the boy scouts' national executive board this week. a proposal to open up the scouts' membership to gays is expected to be discussed and possibly voted on at the gathering in texas. the white house said in a statement last august that president obama opposed the gay ban. a developing story this morning. at least eight, possibly 10 people are dead following a highway collision involving a tour bus in southern california. this is new video into kron four. the bus driver reported having brak
returning from a ski outing to big bear. >>> well, today president obama will travel to minneapolis to push his proposal for broader gun control measures in the wake of the deadly school shooting in newtown, connecticut. tracie potts is live in washington with more on that. there's also a photo of the president that's raising some eyebrows. >> reporter: absolutely. he's traveling to minnesota because the white house thinks this is a perfect backdrop for him to push his gun control measures, it's a city that's done a lot to curb gun violence. as president obama pitches his gun control plan in minneapolis, more reaction to this white house photo, skeet shooting at camp david. critics are saying it's an obvious effort, as they put it, to pander to conservatives, making the point that the president supports the second amendment while pushing for gun-control measures. >> mark kelley argues checks must be expanded to keep guns away from mentally ill people. his wife was shot gabrielle giffords. >> he could have gone to a gun show or private seller and gotten a gun. >> this super bowl ad accused t
, thank you. >>> president obama called the congressional leaders to discuss the budget crisis. the white house said the conversations were good, but cbs news has learned no progress was made. it was the first time the president had reached out to gop leaders since late december and time is running out. the dramatic federal cuts known as sequestration kick in one week from today. susan mcginnis is in washington. good morning, susan. >> good morning, anne-marie. with this deadline coming next friday, congress went on recess this week and for many that's making the massive budget cuts look inevitable and more americans are realizing they will feel the pain. with congress out of town, president obama called republican leaders thursday to talk about the sequester. it's the first time the three men have talked since the start of the year. >> both sides, i think, aren't really making a move and both sides look bad in the process. >> reporter: both sides look bad to seaside heights' bill acre. he's trying to get his town ready for the summer town tourist season after hurricane sandy devastated t
. and that is the charge mostly by republicans that if you feel any different about the drone program under president obama than you would have under george w. bush, you are an utter, hopeless hypocrite. let me ask you a question. how would you feel about a madeleine albright panel on women and body image. now how do you feel about the larry flint panel on women and body image. how do you feel about your kid and dr. ruth's sex ed class ver tus todd akin? do you feel different about warren buffett versus bernie madoff? of course you do because you're normal. according to the republican logic, if you feel any different about midlan albright and larry flint, you are a hypocrite. look, i voted for president obama because i trust his values and his judgment and i believe that he's a fundamentally responsible actor without gratuitously slamming ex-president bush, i think he displayed lapses in judgment in executing his primary responsibility in commander in chief and put troops in harm's way imprudently. president obama would have exercised better judgment and he has exercised better judgment. the way it stands
into here in washington, president obama is doing an end around the national press today. he's taking questions from local tv stations, blaming congress for doing nothing to avoid these forced spending cuts scheduled to take effect in just nine days. so what kind of cuts is the president willing to take? jim acosta confronted the white house press secretary today with that question. jim is joining us now. how did it go? >> reporter: wolf, here we go again. the white house and congress move one day closer to the massive forced spending cuts that go into effect at the end of next week. and even though they both agree it's a problem, they are both busy blaming each other to fix it. the white house sounding the alarm. poor children will be tossed out of classrooms, health services will be slashed, border security will be compromised and the economy will take a hit if forced budgets cuts begin to happen on march 1st and the obama administration says republicans will be to blame. >> the pleas that the republicans are making are throw these people out of work. it's just -- it makes no sense.
reports. >> between republicans and president obama. over three key issues. gun control, the obama call and public clamber to do something is boiling down to universal background checks and a possible deal worked out by senator schumer and a bipartisan quartet two rated a by the nra and two rated f. issue two? immigration. more republicans are leaning towards allowing illegal imgroonts stay but no actual plan has been proposed yet. issue three is the biggy that everybody says they hate. sequester. >> mindless arbitrary across the board cuts to take place on march 1. >> spending cuts and social services end unless there's finally a deal to cut spending. president obama is making clear he wants in any such deal another tax hike on the wealthy and reducing the write-offs on perks like private jets. >> we've got to be able to close loopholes the average american can't take advantage of to increase the revenue in a way that allows our economy to continue to grow. >> at some point washington has to deal with its spending problem. >> the battle lines on that fight end on guns and immigration a
obama hits the road to push proposals he made in a state of the union address. >> reporter: well, vic, the president is talking about the economy and jobs. he traveled to north carolina this morning to visit an auto parts factory, calling for the creation of more manufacturing jobs. he's also pushing congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour and do more to keep jobs in the u.s. >> what i'm proposing is that we reform our tax code, stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, reward companies that are creating jobs right here in the united states of america. [ applause ] that makes sense. [ applause ] >> and republicans say they're all for creating jobs as well. but they say the president's proposals don't go far enough and do enough. back to you. >> okay, mary. thank you. >>> hear from a maryland family who attended the state of the union address, coming up at 6:30. >>> catholics packed st. peter's basilica in vatican city. and lined up outside to watch as pope benedict celebrated has final ash wednesday mass
in 2004 and by the way have you changed any of your views since the election of barack obama? >> guest: i remember my mother when he was nominated, hazel and khalia and i were in montrÉal. she called me at the hotel. she was i think 93 then. she said, and she was crying. [inaudible] i didn't need that telling. i always knew this. america is many places. it is a place that can be tolerant and accepting, a place where views can be moderated and differences can be reconciled. and i think a good deal of america supported vigorously the candidacy of a rock obama. and it's not only important to the black community. it's important to other americans as well. but he still faces a sort of vicious kind of ridicule from certain borders that are not unlike the america we saw when i was young in richmond, virginia. but, i think there are several americans -- i had grown tired of at least one of them. >> host: and "quitting america" you wrote america never helps anyone, even the starving and list its proposed to an american interest either strategic or economic and one cannot always distinguish one fr
in the house gop is drafting a plan to give president obama disk -- discretion on these cuts. guest: right, we have heard the same from senate republicans. the argument from republicans, with this discretion matter, which has been floating around over the last week or two, is to say that the administration has been saying that the way the law was worded to set up a sequestration, they have a very limited flexibility in how they can implement it. they have to take furloughs in lots of places that would seem to be mission critical. secretary lahood is talking about shutting down air traffic control towers at smaller airports there will be long waits at psa -- at tsa with fewer screeners. what republicans in both chambers are trying to do is perhaps come up with some way to be able to give the administration more flexibility, which is also perhaps politically useful, because there is this whole notion of firing first, where they put cuts in affect and tout cuts in places where people will feel them. there was some reporting last night about people in immigration detention centers perhaps being le
. >>> and before the game, president obama shared his thoughts about the risk of injuries for younger players. mr. obama tells cbs news that if he had a son interested in football he would think before letting him play, given what's known about head injuries. but the president told cbs that's for nfl players and it's a different matter for them, he said. >> these are grown men. they're well compensated. they know the risks that are involved. but as we start thinking about, you know, the pipeline, pop warner, high school, college, i want to make sure that we're doing everything we can to make the sport safer, and that means that the game probably going to evolve a little bit. >> the president also spoke for the first time about the new pentagon ruling allowing women at the front lines. mr. obama said for all practical matters women are already serving in combat and serving with extraordinary patriotism and distinction. >>> and now to breaking news this morning from southern california where there has been a deadly bus crash. a tour bus apparently hit a pickup truck head on near the city of yucaipa
to introduce the one and only, leesa ferguson. >> good morning, everyone. president obama is handing 12 researchers a national medal of science today and 11 will receive the national medal of technology and innovation. these are the highest honor for the government for scientists engineers and inventors. al first stop on a 5 day trip to germany, frannies and united kingdom to talk about range of global issues. meeting with angela merkel and on saturday, biden will join other senior officials from russia and the united nations to meet with the syrian opposition to discuss that country. earlier today, first day out of office for secretary of state hillary clinton. she has extraordinary approval ratings according to the washington post-abc news poll, american people approve but congress has a 19% approval rating. she has visited 112 countries, spent 401 days on the road and met with 1700 world leaders. if that weren't enough she's already got a word in for 2016. no word on whether she will actually run. more bill press up next. stay with us. converstion st
to you. >>> 6:31. president obama is expected to refocus on a issue crucial to you tonight. jobs and the economy. charley crowson has a preview of the address. what can you tell us. >> tonight's state of the union is expected to be different in substance and in tone than the president's inaugural address last month. that was more of a vision statement. and tonight, it's going to be more like the president saying this is what i want to do in the coming year. he is expected to push for adiggal government spending promoting -- additional government spending and promoting infrastructure and warn congress about avoiding the spending cuts that came in defense and education scheduled to go into effect on march 1st. you will remember that from the fiscal cliff. but also by avoiding the auto cuts and additional spending, that's going to require congressional approval. and that's going to set the president once again on a collision course with house republicans. >> it's time for washington to get back to the basics. we can't continue to spend money we don't have. >> the president is going
, thanks for your time. >> my pleasure. >>> president obama is waking up this morning in florida where he plans to spend the holiday weekend. on friday he went back to his hometown of chicago and made a very personal appeal to crack down on violence. kristin welker is traveling with the president. she's in port st. lucie, florida. good morning. >> reporter: lester, good morning to you. this vacation begins after president obama spent the week criss-crossing the nation trying to sell the key messages of his state of the union address. but friday's speech was the longest, and it was personal. [ cheers ] >> reporter: president obama went back to his hometown of chicago and called for an end to the violence. >> last year there were 443 murders with a firearm on the streets of this city. so that's the equivalent of a newtown every four months. >> reporter: mr. obama met with a group of at-risk male teens just before taking the stage. and in an uncharacteristic moment talked about the similarities between them. >> i had issues, too, when i was their age. i just had a -- an environment that was
in order. >> president obama is urging congress to take action to avoid massive budget cuts that could lead to furloughs of layoffs across the country. >> the cuts would go into effect automatically next friday unless a budget compromise can be reached. congress is on another budget battle collision course and millions of american jobs may be on line. surrounded by first responders who could lose their jobs, president obama called on republicans to make a deal. >> are they willing to compromise to protect a vital investments in education, health care and national security or would they rather put hundreds of thousands of jobs in the economy risk to protect a few special-interest tax loopholes that only benefit the wealthiest americans? wouldnot, this sequester go into effect on march 1. democrats want to close tap -- close a tax loophole that raised taxes on the tears but republicans want more deficit reductions. >> the president says he wants a balanced approach but it has all been tax increases. from the republican point of view, they want to see spending cuts. >> everyone from fbi to bor
plans he laid out in his state of the union address. >> president obama used his state of the union address to send a message to lawmakers. >> the american people don't expect us to solve every problem but they expect us to put the nation's interest before party. >> the hour long speech focused on domestic and economic issues and a need for a divided congress to compromise. he said threats of government shut downs and unilateral spending cuts hurt the country. >> let's agree right here right now the keep the people of government open and pay or bills on time and uphold the full faith and credit of the united states of america. >> the president drew strong applause when he announced 34,000 troops will return from afghanistan by this time next year. he also got a standing ovation when he talked about gun laws. >> the president said bills on background checks and large managers are being discussed an that lawmakers owe it to victims of gun violence to bring them to the floor. >> they deserve a vote. gabby giffords deserves a vote. the families of new town deserve a vote. >> in the repu
secretary of defense leon panetta. president obama praised panetta for his many years of service and his work in helping to take down osama bin laden during a farewell ceremony on friday. panetta has not announced when his last day in office will be, but it is expected to be late next week. >>> just because she's a lion doesn't mean she can't brag. the proud parent of a little king brought the latest out for everybody tofmz lo see. look at my baby. this is the first time the cubs got outside since they were born two weeks ago at the ecological preserve in colombia. said the baby after being exposed for the first time, acuna ma tata. >> sounds advanced -- >> i brought it together. >> you had five seconds. >> okay. an hour and a half might have been excessive. >> that's the cutest baby cut ever. >> how cute is that some two siblings, two more like it running around. >> thanks. >>> and we have more from the national forecast, bill in for dylan. >> good morning. wouldn't it be great if one of the storms didn't live up to the hype? insane in new england. that's not it, there's another storm o
as a representative for president obama at the funeral. the israeli consul general and new york mayor michael bloomberg are also set to speak at today's service. new york police department helicopters are expected to fly over the synagogue in honor of koch. the former mayor died friday of congestive heart failure at age 88. >> president obama says the boy scouts of america should allow gay members. he also said women should be allowed in military combat roles. the president's comments in an interview on c-b-s before the super bowl come ahead of a meeting of the boy scouts' national executive board this week. a proposal to open up the scouts' membership to gays is expected to be discussed and possibly voted on at the gathering in texas. the white house said in a statement last august that president obama opposed the gay ban. new this morning. >> the boeing 787 batteries still causing issues. the dream liner was grounded by three weeks ago when the lithium ion batteries lead to a fire and smoke on a second. boeing's 7-87 dreamliners remain grounded. but the batteries causing the jet's troubles
. >> president obama today continued to push congress to reverse the automatic spending cuts agreed to in 2010. without action those cuts go into effect friday. ktvu's scott mcfarlane tells us there are some who are in favor of the cuts. >> reporter: hospital workers protesting saying they will lose jobs. but this week in washington it is school principals saying the budget crisis will take a meat ax to local schools leading to teacher furloughs and larger class sizes as early as next year. >> that impact said our kids and -- impacts our kids and student learning. >> reporter: $85 billion in cuts. critics say the white house is exaggerating the impact of a cut in government spending to scare americans and score political points. >> we have to inform the american people what might happen, what will happen if congress refuses to do the right thing here. these are facts. >> reporter: there are supporters of the budget cuts who would like to see the government save teaching jobs, but lop off more spending. >> we are in a fiscal crisis. and too little willingness to address it. you know, this seems
. >> president obama also addressed the boy scouts' longstanding policy of excluding gays and lesbians saying that they should have, quote, access and opportunity, the same way everyone else does. >>> a new york icon is laid to rest today at the funeral for former new york city mayor ed koch. former president bill clinton speaks at the manhattan service and koch's favorite subway station will be renamed in his honor. >>> leon panetta defended the use of unmanned drone strikes to target potential terrorists who are a threat to the u.s. in an interview on "meet the press," he says the decision to strike doesn't come lightly. >>> let's head to wall street with cnbc's kayla toshi. good morning. >> hiring in december, wall street hopes the rally will continue. two specific stocks today, cbs, host of the super bowl, and entergy, the company responsible for the blackout. how much will it cost them both? >> interesting. thanks. >>> an iranian natural gas platform sank last week in the persian gulf. workers are scrambling along the rig as it simpgs but iran has not commented on the number of injuries
the band played on as the chaos unfolded. no one was seriously injured. >>> president obama wants the boy scouts to open up their membership to gay people. in an interview the president praised the scouts as a great institution and says no one should be bared from it. the boy scouts announced they considered replacing the longstanding ban on gays with a policy to let troop sponsors make their own decisions. >> a new study suggests it does get better for bullied gay teens. as they aged the bullying dropped off. by age 199% of gay teens -- by age 19, 9% said they were bullies. there is a growing intolerance for bullying, and the study appears tomorrow on-line on the journal pediatrics. >>> the super bowl one of the biggest parties of the year, obviously, and that means a lot of hangovers common day. come monday. find out how many people are expected to call in sick tomorrow. >> not you. and it is the bowl everyone wins. i just love this. it is the puppy bowl. look at these cute titans of the gridiron. >> i am leigh glaser. everyone in new orleans will be flying back here tomorrow we'll look
, and by the house so president obama can sign it into law. i know we'll take an act of political courage for many members of congress to support an assault weapons ban of 2013 but the time for courage is now. how many more children, how many more police officers do we have to lose for our elected representatives to do the right thing? please take action now in the interest of the most important special interest groups in america, all of american. >> thank you very much. it is very much appreciated. i would like to, did you treat sandy hook victims? >> yes. i was in the e.r. that day when the victims came in. >> can you describe the kinds of wounds and the number of bullets in these small bodies? >> there's privacy rules in hippa that prevent me from detailing the type of wounds. but most of the victims didn't come in when you have such horrific injuries to little bodies, they don't make it to the hospital. the coroner from the state of connecticut, he stated that each body had three-11 bullets. when a child has three-111 bullets and it is an assault-type bullet and it does not go in a straight li
.s. capitol. it took eight years from the bill being introduced, but today president obama finally unveiled that statue, making rosa parks the first african-american woman to receive this kind of permanent honor in statuary hall in the capitol. in the house, the effort to recognize rosa parks for refusing to give up her seat on a bus for inspiring the montgomery bus boycott, for helping to ignite the civil rights movement, in the house, the rosa parks bill that came to fruition today was sponsored by congressman jesse jackson jr. of illinois. mr. jackson, like mr. kerry, was not around to see the unveiling of the rosa parks statue, and that's because jesse jackson jr. resign his seat in congress amid first health worries and financial worries and ultimately last week plead guilty to misappropriating campaign funds for personal use. because jesse jackson resigned his seat, in a matter of weeks somebody new is going to be there to replace him. late last night we found out who that person is likely to be. last night democrats in the second congressional district in illinois nominated robin kel
obama made phone calls to republican leaders in congress, with time running out before massive spending cuts take effect. at every opportunity, he's been putting the burdeb on lawmakers that will stop the automatic cuts that will impact nearly every agency. >> this is a problem that congress can solve. >> reporter: march 1st, more than 85 billion in cuts will kick in. but the cuts will also be felt outside washington. fewer food safety inspections. >> if department tools them to stay home, national security lines are expected to grow. >> they are expected to cut more than $100 million. it could affect everything from operation hours to grass cutting to the grand canyon here. >> reporter: from the national association says the cut the will have a rip effect. >> the local communities are going to get hammered economically. i think it's devastating. for the parks. it's embarrassing as a country. >> reporter: former republican congressman, jim nuzzle, who helped balance four budgets, said washington is doing this to itself. >> all of this is ki
. this is from the president, president obama, in his second inaugural address referencing selma. here it is. >> we, the people declare today the most evident of truths that all of us are created equal is the star that guides us still just as it guided our forebearers through seneca falls and selma and stonewall, just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great mall to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone. to hear a king proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricablyly bound from the freedom of every soul on earth. (applause) it is now our generation's task to carry on what those pioneers began. for our journey is not complete til o wiv, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. (cheers and applause) our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. (cheers and applause) for if we are truly created equal than surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. >> rose: so there's a reference to selma and other places in which movements
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